Caribbean Stud Poker

What is Caribbean Stud Poker?

In the last twenty years the popularity of poker has exploded. Thousands of people try their luck and skills at hundreds of live poker tournaments en online poker draws millions of people to the various online poker rooms and casinos. Texas Hold’em is without a doubt the most played form of poker, but there are many other varieties of the game, Caribbean Stud Poker is one of these varieties. Caribbean Stud is a fairly new form of poker and is a sort of mix between traditional casino card games, like Blackjack, and poker.

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Caribbean Stud Origins

The game of Caribbean Stud was developed in the eighties when poker became increasingly popular and casinos were trying to find ways to attract players by offering a poker game that would also make the casino some money. Because regular poker games are played without a bank, the casino could not make much money of off these games. That is why Caribbean Stud Poker was invented. Caribbean Stud lets players enjoy the game of poker while still giving the casino an edge to make money off the game. There is some discussion who invented the game, but fact is that Aruban casinos were the the first to offer the game to their players in the late eighties. Since then Caribbean Stud Poker has spread around the globe and nowadays the game can be found in most casinos around the world.

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Online Caribbean Stud Poker

Almost every big online casino now offers Caribbean Stud Poker to their players so it will not be hard to find a game of Caribbean Stud if you want to play it. Because Caribbean Stud Poker is in essence more a casino game than a poker game, most online poker rooms will not offer the game to their players. The rules of Caribbean Stud Poker are very easy. The players play against the dealer, not against each other. Each player places an ante and gets dealt five cards. Than the players get to decide what they will do; they can either play or fold and forfeit their ante. When the player plays, the dealer will turn over its cards and compare these to the player’s cards individually. When the player has a better hand than the dealer, the player wins, otherwise he or she loses. The hands are the basic poker hands and some bonuses may be awarded for getting particular hands, like a Full House or a Flush.